University Of Michigan President Accused Of Making Homophobic Comment During Meeting

Aug 27, 2020

Members of the University of Michigan’s Queer Advocacy Coalition are accusing University President Mark Schlissel of making a homophobic comment during a virtual faculty town hall held on August 14th.  

In a written statement sent to WEMU, the coalition says President Mark Schlissel made a homophobic microagression when he compared testing for HIV in the 80’s and 90’s to testing for COVID-19 today.  During the town hall, Schlissel said testing can give a false sense of security and that it was seen during the HIV epidemic when people got a negative test result but continued to spread the disease.  Schlissel emailed the coalition to apologize for his comments and said he only intended to critique the effectiveness of massive COVID-19 testing.

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— Jorge Avellan is a reporter for 89.1 WEMU News. Contact him at 734.487.3363 or email him javellan@emich.edu